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USS Constellation

Flagship of the Anti-Slave Trade

 
 
USS Constellation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 12, 2008
1. USS Constellation Marker
Inscription. Though the Civil War was a period of great innovation for the navy, with widespread use of steam power and the innovation of ironclads there was still a place in the fleet for sailing ships. Built at the Gosport yard in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1854, USS Constellation was the flagship of the anti-slave trade African Squadron when the Civil War began in April 1861. The following month it made one of the first captures for the Union when it took the slaver Triton of Charleston, South Carolina. After briefly being recalled to American waters, Constellation was ordered to the Mediterranean where it fulfilled a variety of missions, including protecting American commerce from Confederate raiders. The U.S. Navy's role in the Civil War is often overlooked in favor of the armies, but the navy was crucial to achieving a Union victory. Naval vessels actively blockaded the Southern coastline, strangling the Confederacy's trade, patrolled for commerce raiders, and enabled the army to conduct effective amphibious operations.

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Powder monkey Aspinwall Fuller
Boys such as Aspinwall Fuller were a common sight aboard U.S. Navy vessels during the Civil War. A native of New York, the 13--year-old Fuller enlisted here in Baltimore in 1864, and was assigned to USS New Hampshire. Throughout
Marker, on the wall of the USS Constellation visitor center image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 12, 2008
2. Marker, on the wall of the USS Constellation visitor center
the war, the Navy recruited 13- to 18-year-olds to serve at sea as ship's boys. These young sailors were entrusted with the important job of bringing the powder charges to guns during combat, and earned the nickname "powder monkeys." During its Civil War cruise, Constellation had 12 of these brave teenagers as part of its crew.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.139′ N, 76° 36.656′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from East Pratt Street. Touch for map. The marker is located on the outside of the USS Constellation visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Port of Baltimore (a few steps from this marker); Top of the World Observation Level World Trade Center (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Active Port for 300 Years (about 300 feet away); Baltimore Riot Trail (about 500 feet away); Lightship Chesapeake (about 600 feet away); Baltimore Turns the Tide
USS Constellation image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 12, 2008
3. USS Constellation
The visitor center is behind the ship.
(about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Baltimore Riot Trail (about 700 feet away); Adventure Begins at the Bay's Front Door (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. The marker features two illustrations, one of the Constellation and one of a powder monkey.
 
Regarding USS Constellation. The USS Constellation is a National Historic Landmark.
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,584 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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